Shademate Bimini Tops are designed for a better fit and appearance with an easy setup and installation. Our tops are built
tough using only the finest materials. Their convenient design includes a zippered bow pocket that securely holds the top to the frame. On our 3 and 4-Bow
Tops, the middle pocket is wider so it’s easier to install with no need for extra straps between the bows. This EZ-Top design makes it simple to
replace just the top fabric or save the fabric and replace the frame.
Shademate Bimini Tops are also fashioned with a curved side profile for a better looking fit with less wrinkling. A single seam down the center of the
top helps the fit and decreases the chance of seam failure. Screws used in the assembly of the frame do not contact the fabric, so there is less wear
The frames are made of bright anodized aluminum with stainless steel screws. All Shademate Tops come with a hardware kit for installation. The kit
includes heavy-duty corrosion-proof nylon fittings and deck mounts which swivel allowing a variety of mounting options. All 3 and 4-Bow Tops come with
a FREE matching, fully zippered storage boot to keep your top clean.
When adding shade to your boat, there's no better value on the water than a Shademate Bimini Top.
All that’s necessary to determine which size top to order is choosing the length, height, and width that best
accommodates your boat and your requirements. Remember that height as well as length determines how much shade your bimini top will provide. Consider
the coverage area when the top is deployed or opened and also where it falls when it's closed and folded down at the rear of the boat. Ensure that there
is enough space in front of and behind the deployed top to mount eye straps to secure the hold-down straps.
Using a tape measure, decide which length top provides the desired amount of shade coverage to your boat. Shademate 2-Bow Tops are 5′6″
long, Shademate 3-Bow Tops come in 5′ and 6′ lengths, and Shademate 4-Bow Tops are 8′ long.
Determine the pivotal mounting point located on each side of the boat. The pivotal mounting point will be approximately at the center point of the top
on each side of the boat. Also, note that the swivel deck mounts included with the top are designed to mount on a variety of flat surfaces. Optional
mounts are available for rail mounting.
After determining where the pivotal mount location will be on each side of the boat, measure the distance between these mounting points to determine
the width of top you need. This measurement is not the same as the beam width of your boat. The frame has some flex so it can be mounted over the width
range indicated in the selection chart. Choose the width that most closely matches your mounting point width measurement.
While standing inside the boat, measure straight up from the pivotal mounting point to determine the desired height. This measurement should be the
minimum headroom clearance desired. Note that the height of the top is not the distance from the boat floor or the length of the frame arms.
After selecting your pontoon bimini top length, width, and frame size, you will have various style options to choose.
Shademate Bimini Tops are available in your choice of 3 outstanding fabrics.
White Vinyl Tops - Made using the finest vinyl available, our white vinyl tops are 100% waterproof and
the easiest of all fabrics to keep clean. Both the vinyl outside and the reinforced fabric backing are treated with a marine UV-resistant and
mildew-resistant coating. Tough, durable, and long lasting, marine vinyl reflects the sun and heat, so your day on the water is a much cooler
experience. White Vinyl Bimini Tops come with a 3-year warranty on the fabric.
Polyester Tops - Our extremely user-friendly polyester weighs only 6.5 oz. per sq. yd. and is a pleasure to handle and stow. However,
don’t be fooled by its light weight. This fabric is as strong and durable as other fabrics more than twice its weight. Water-repellent, mildew
and UV-resistant, our polyester tops are a breeze to take care of and keep clean. Polyester Bimini Tops come with a 5-year warranty on the
Sunbrella Acrylic Tops - 100% acrylic Sunbrella is undoubtedly the longest lasting top fabric made. This premium synthetic 9.25 oz.
per sq. yd. material is solution-dyed so the brilliant colors are extremely fade proof. Strong, water-repellent, and mildew-resistant, Sunbrella is
world renowned for prolonged protection against sun rot due to ultraviolet rays. Sunbrella Bimini Tops come with a 7-year warranty on the fabric.
Shademate Bimini Tops are available with your choice of aluminum or stainless steel frames.
Aluminum Frames - Shademate Bimini Tops come standard with 7/8" bright, anodized aluminum frames with
stainless steel screws. These aluminum frame tops come with heavy-duty nylon fittings and nylon deck mounts that swivel for various mounting
Stainless Steel Frames - Shademate Bimini Tops are also available with all stainless steel frames and hardware. Our stainless steel
bimini tops are made with 7/8″ dia. stainless steel tubing and include 316 stainless steel fittings and mounting hardware.
What is the difference between a standard bimini top and a pontoon bimini top?
Shademate Standard Bimini Tops are made of with 7/8″ dia. round tubing, while Pontoon Bimini Tops are made with square tubing to match the
square rails that come on most pontoon boats.
What mounting hardware comes with the bimini top?
Our Standard Bimini Tops come with 4 support straps and eyelets for attaching the straps to the boat. They also include mounting screws and nylon deck
mounts that swivel so they can be mounted on horizontal or angled surfaces.
Can I fold the bimini top down to either the front or the back?
Yes. Our Standard Bimini Tops are designed to fold and lie flat in either direction. Many customers purchase the optional Rear Brace Assembly which
allows the bimini top to be folded in the stored position while securely bracing it up to keep it off the deck of the boat. This lets you store it out
of the way while still allowing you to pass under the bimini. It also keeps the bimini from resting on your outboard motor. The Bimini Top Rear Brace
Assembly is available in aluminum (item #39474) and stainless steel (item #39475).
What is a matching storage boot?
All of the bimini tops we offer, except the 2-bow tops, come with a zippered storage boot that’s made of the same material in the same color as
the top. This boot protects your collapsed bimini top by keeping the fabric top and straps neatly stored out of the way. This storage boot should also
be used when trailering your boat to protect the bimini top from wind damage.
What is the warranty on Shademate Bimini Tops?
The warranty on Shademate Bimini Tops varies depending on the fabric. The White Vinyl Top has a 3-year warranty, the Polyester Top has a 5-year warranty,
and the Sunbrella Acrylic Top has a 7-year warranty.
Can I purchase replacement parts for my Shademate Bimini Top?
Yes. You can purchase replacement fabric, frames, and hardware for your Shademate Bimini Top. Our replacement fabric is designed to easily zip onto
your Shademate frame.